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"Defend Your Integrity" -- Robert Gates & the Whitewash of Gen. Stanley McChrystal Ver. 1.2 (April 2, 2014; Updated 4-20-14)

"Defend Your Integrity" -- Robert Gates & the Whitewash of Gen. Stanley McChrystal Ver. 1.2 (April 2, 2014; Updated 4-20-14)

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Published by Guy Montag
This 158 page "post" describes Robert Gate’s Leadership of the Bipartisan Whitewash of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s Cover-Up of Pat Tillman’s 2004 Friendly-Fire Death in Afghanistan & Command of JSOC Torture.

This post also discusses Robert Gate’s Leadership of the Failed Afghan War COIN “Surge.”

Note: This is a draft version. No fully polished and need to add more annotations and commentary.
This 158 page "post" describes Robert Gate’s Leadership of the Bipartisan Whitewash of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s Cover-Up of Pat Tillman’s 2004 Friendly-Fire Death in Afghanistan & Command of JSOC Torture.

This post also discusses Robert Gate’s Leadership of the Failed Afghan War COIN “Surge.”

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“DEFEND YOUR INTEGRITY”
 
Robert Gate’s
Leadership of the Bipartisan Whitewash of Gen. Stanley McChrystal
’s
Cover-
Up of Pat Tillman’s
2004 Friendly-Fire Death in Afghanistan & Command of JSOC Torture (& Robert
Gate’s Leadership of the Failed Afghan War COIN “Surge”
)
Guy Montag @ feralfirefighter.blogspot.com April 2, 2014 [Ver. 1.2; Updated April 20, 2014]
“I had come to k 
now and admire [Gen. Stanley]
 McChrystal … and
 I believed he was perhaps the finest
warrior and leader of men in combat I had ever met. … I had looked into McChrystal’s actions in the Tillman case and the allegations of detainee abuse and … determined to move forward with his advancement. …
The Senate
 Armed Services Committee intended to fight McChrystal’s nomination
. I told the president
“McChrystal is one of the heroic figures of these wars, and if we won’t stand and fight for him, then who? And so we fought.”
 
--
Robert Gates, “Duty” (2014)
 
“The c
over-
up of Pat’s death was orchestrated at the very highest levels of the Pentagon … McChrystal’s
actions should have been grounds for firing. That is why it was so disturbing to us when President Obama [on
Gate’s recommendation
] instead promoted McChrystal to the position of top commander in Afghanistan
… Sadly, McChrystal’s promotion had been sanctioned long before the [2009 Senate] hearing.
 None of the congressmen [e.g. Senators Carl Levin, James Webb, and
John McCain] pressed McChrystal about Pat’s
ca
se … or detainee abuse and
 [JSOC]
torture at Camp Nama …”
 --
Mary Tillman, “
 Boots on the Ground by Dusk 
” (2010)
 
“Gates …
 admonished the
cadets to, “
 Defend your integrity as you would your life
.” That’s Secretary of
Defense talk
for, “You guys need to end this U.S. military officer habit of lying routinely in official  business.” But then Gates expressed complete confidence in General McChrystal
 
… [the main liar in
the Pat Tillman cover-up]
 
indicating that Gates’ words at West Point were just the usual “do as I say not as I do” hypocrisy. If Gates would defend his integrity as he would his
 
career 
, then we would have something.
 --
John T. Reed’s post
 
 
"Pat was all about integrity … There is absolutely no integrity in any of this” [
 pointing to large plastic tub filled with binders of Pentagon
investigation
 documents].
 
The American public needs to be aware of what's going on, and they can't take their politicians or figures of authority at face value" --
Mary Tillman,
'
 (USA Today, May 5, 2008)
 
 
 
“Defend Your Integrity”
 2
PAT TILLMAN
 
November 6, 1976
 – 
 April 22, 2004
The Tillman Family (May 2004) Patrick Tillman, Sr. (May 2004) Richard Tillman (May 2004)
“That afternoon we helicoptered … to Forward Operating Base Tillman ... in eastern Afghanistan.
 fortified outpost in the mountains, named for Corporal Patrick Daniel Tillman, a professional football  player who had enlisted in the Army and was killed in Afghanistan in a friendly-fire tragedy in 2004.
 
“… nothing made me madder than when I learned that one of 
 them [troops] was being badly treated by his
or her service or the Pentagon bureaucracy … if I could make time to try to help a single soldier, then by
God so could everyone else in authority.
--
Robert Gates, “Duty” (2014)
 
“There was no mention
 of his
[Gen. McChrystal’s]
 role in the cover-
up of the “friendly
-
fire” slaying of Pat
Tillman, including issuing a bogus Silver Star citation for the Ranger. No one asked him about the pattern of detainee abuse in Iraq by
units overseen by McChrystal’s command
 
McChrystal fizzled badly in Afghanistan, and everyone seems to want to dub him a 21
st
 century Sir Gawain
… No matter …
how much
the Tillman family and our Army suffered during his “leadership” in Iraq and Afghanistan…
 --
Carl Prine, “McChrystal Clear”
 
(“Line of Departure” blog, June 3, 2012)
 
“… while I have nothing but respect for the Tillman Family… their personal grief should not be a veto on
the nomination of the man [Gen. McChrystal] the President, the
Secretary of Defense [Gates],
 and General
Petraeus all feel gives the United States … the best chance of victory in Afghanistan … These are serious
questions and are more important than either the death of Pat Tillman or th
e alleged abuse of detainees.”
-- CNAS Fel
low Andrew Exum, “Abu Muqawama”
 
 blog, “Confirm Him” (June 2, 2009)
 
“Not only is he [McChrystal] lying about the circumstances surrounding Pat’s death … he is proposing false language for the Silver Star narrative. … His statement [P4 memo] indicates that no one had any
intention of telling us, or the public, that Pat was killed by fra
tricide unless forced to do so…”
 -- Mary Tillman,
 Boots on the Ground by Dusk 
 (2008)
“…
while each investigation gathered more information, the mountain of evidence was never used to arrive
at an honest or even sensible conclusion … To falsify a witness statement in a Silver Star award, fabricating it … How come no one is held accountable fo
r this? The whole thing
[Gate’s DoD IG report]
is riddled with
nonsense… Writing a Silver Star award before a single eye witness account is taken is not a misstep. Falsifying soldier witness statements for a Silver Star is not a misstep. …
are deliberate
acts of deceit.”
 -- Kevin Tillman, Congressional testimony (April 24, 2007)
 
 
“Defend Your Integrity”
 3
“When I arrived, [the West Point honor] code had been distilled to a simple directive: “A
cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do so ...
honor 
 was sacrosanct to
me… a clear, bright line dividing shenanigans from transgressions against
integrity 
… Lying to anyone … was a violation of your honor … The code existed to ensure that the words of
cadets and officers alike could always, in all situations, be taken as
truth 
.”
 -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal,
“My Share of the Task” 
 
“Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General Stan
McChrystal is a one-of-a-
kind commander … known for his candor ... His entire career has been
guided by
his sense of duty … a hunger to know the truth on the ground, the courage to find it …”
 --
From the inside cover of Stanley McChrystal’s
 My Share of the Task 
 (2013)
“I love the
ideals of West Point and the Army. West Point lived up to them in my experience. The Army did
not even try. To them, honor is just so much public relations eyewash…. military officers put on such a big
show of self-
righteous indignation when the subject of their “honor” comes up… set themselves up for far
more extreme embarrassment when they are revealed to be hypocrites as well as liars.
 politicians are hypocrites. But career military officers are much bigger
hypocrites.”
-- John T. Reed,
 
“I am concerned about General McChrystal’s public [Senate] testimony, which sought to convey that he was ‘uncomfortable’ with various interrogation [torture] techniques and sought to ‘reduce’ their use. Gi
ven
the full history of his approach to interrogations, this testimony appears to be incomplete, at best.”
 -- Senator Russ Feingold,
Congressional Record
(June 11, 2009)
“Of the several occasions when he himself attracted critical attention — 
 the Pat Tillman affair, for example, or the leaking of his Afghan strategic assessment
 — 
 McChrystal offers explanations [in his memoir
 My Share of the Task 
] that fall somewhere between perfunctory and disingenuous. “
 --
Andrew Bacevich, New York Times book review “
 A
voiding Defeat”
 (February 8, 2013)
Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable.
… ‘
There are some brilliant, wonderful, moral guys with integrity who you would like
your son or daughter to be like,” he says.
 
Unfortunately, “as they start moving up, those aren’t the characteristics they’re
 now looking for in four-
stars.’
 That certainly goes for our most popular generals of recent history, Petraeus and Mc
Chrystal, who, Davis believes, ‘
should be the first ones censure
d’
 for the failures of Afghanistan.
 
 – 
 American Conservative, March 7, 2014)
“You are a General. On paper you subscribe to this [West Point] motto [“Duty, Honor, Country] and honor code… There is no way a man like you … believes the conclusions [of the 3
rd
 Army 15-6 investigation into
Pat Tillman’s death]. But your signature is on it. I assume, therefore, that you are part of this shameless
 bullshit. The Rangers stand for something
 – 
 
to this day, in my mind, the best. [No one] involved in this …
deserve to be affiliated with the Rangers. If your uniforms are so decorated, [with the Ranger Tab] you
should remove those items. In sum: Fuck you …. And yours.”
 -- Patrick Tillman,
Sr 
. (April 2005 letter to BG Gary Jones)

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